A couple years ago, I was invited by a friend to attend yoga with her. One of my first thoughts was “does yoga help stress??”.I most probably thought this way because at the time life wasn’t going the best and I was trying different things e.g. meditation as well as exercise to keep on top of things mentally.
What I learned and gained from that first and subsequent sessions, was just unbelievable!! I will be discussing this under the following sections as well as providing images of common yoga poses throughout the blog to help you get a feel for what it is truly about.
It’s not weird is it?
chill out for free !!
stretch it out
make the monkeys shut up !!
tone, strength and fitness
your portable calm
where can I get started?
Please do enjoy this read and don’t forget to add any questions/thoughts /comments below when you are done :))
it’s not weird or anything is it?
Ah the word Yoga. It conjures up all sorts of images doesn’t it e, g, An Indian guru with a long grey beard on a mountain top or a person with incredible flexibility in the most unbelievable pose. I think the reason it still has a bit of a “weird” stigma attached to is that it’s origins are not from the western world. The upside is that in todays western world there is a higher percentage of folks just like you with an open mind(a higher percentage compared to say 30 yrs ago) that are giving it a go. You can be one of them and I highly recommend that you do give it a try !!
chill out for free !!
If money is an issue for you but you would still like to have a go at it or even “try before you buy”, no problem. Just do this :
1. Head online to YouTube and search for e.g. beginner yoga or yoga etc. Do this on the smart TV in your lounge room or via a device you can hook up to the TV.
2. Push the furniture back and make plenty of space
3. Grab a yoga mat if you have one and lay it out.
4.press play on YouTube and just follow the teacher to the best of your ability..simple as that !!
Certain exercises and stances in yoga really help to improve your physical balance. This is through the actual strengthening of specific “balance ” muscles like your core. Your balance and improving it, is also done by carrying out certain mindfulness stances that teaches folks to become specifically aware of their balance at that particular time e.g. the yoga teacher will direct you to focus on the feel of your feet on the mat at that time and how your balance feels around that.
Stretch it out.
The majority of yoga poses/stances involve stretching. Don’t worry and don’t panic those painful looking stretches and poses are progressive and not things people are expected to do straight away or if at all. The beauty of Yoga is that it is done to your limitations and at your own pace. Another benefit of stretching is that it prevents your muscles ‘shortening” and becoming tight and not as efficient as they should be when you need to use them e.g. lifting something or maybe even running for the bus when you’re late. The end result is that yes, Yoga can help improve and maintain your flexibility gradually .
makes the monkeys shut up !!
Have you ever tried to get to sleep at night and just rolled around endlessly because of thoughts running continuously through your head or even during waking hours at work or elsewhere? Yoga can help quieten this “noise” sometimes referred to as “monkey chatter ” continuously going through your head. This is done by learning mindfulness through the combination of physical exercise/stretching and focusing on ones breathing at the same time.
Tone,strength and fitness
When actually practicing yoga, there are poses that will actually put you in a position that put various muscle groups under tension just using your own body weight. The general end result of this after frequent sessions is that you begin to gain strength, tone up those muscles and improve overall fitness. Sometimes we think this can only happen by throwing weights around at a gym or punishing yourself by going jogging etc. It really is amazing what gravity, your own body weight and a half hour can do !!
your portable calm
Another benefit of yoga is what I describe as a “portable calm”… I know, weird description right but it’s just how I feel these days since practicing yoga and meditation. Another way I can describe it is like having a “reservoir of energy, restraint and calm and it even feels like I carry it around everywhere( hence it being portable lol) somewhere in my abdominal area. I know my descriptions are getting more weird but it’s the best I can describe it.
The end result in practical day to day terms for me is in days gone by if someone or something upset me I would not handle it so well rationally, These days when it happens to me I pretty much go into a think before I act mode before doing anything about it if ever at all !!
where can I get started??
So you had a read of this article and would like to get started with yoga ?Fantastic !! Here are a few suggestions on how you can get started :
- head to Facebook and login or register and then search your local community groups online and undoubtedly you will find yoga happening near you.
- just google search yoga in your local area and you should definitely come up with results you can follow up on !!
- Just do as I suggested above under the section “chill out for free !! ” and have a go at trying it at home via YouTube first.
I hope this post has helped clear up any misconceptions about yoga, how it can help you
If you have any questions or thoughts on this article or Yoga itself, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!” I truly hope that this article was able to assist somebody, somewhere !!